my heathenry

Small Devotional Acts

 Freya / Freyja

Norse goddess of love and beauty, sex, magic, passion and fertility, war, and death. Member of the Vanir, but was sent to live with the Aesir as truce.

❧ A goddess of love is very much a goddess a self-love. Take care of yourself; drink water, cook a healthy meal, take a longer shower, do a face mask, straighten your back and take a deep breath. Treat yo self.

❧ Dedicate the act of sex or masturbation to her.

❧ Make small donations to your local planned parenthood, NICU, fertility clinic, or any other agencies that are geared towards family planning and/or children, especially those in the wee beginnings of life.

❧ Read the news, see what’s going on in our world today. (Death and war have been prominent topics).

❧ Donate time or money to a local vet or shelter. If time, spend with cats in particular. 

❧ Leave suitable food out for any strays, once again gearing this towards cats. 

❧Do something you love.

❧ Get some fresh air, some sun. 

❧ Take time to dress up and/or add in daily accessories; necklaces, rings, bracelets, hair clips, etc. Choosing a day to dress to the nines for “no reason” can also be done in her honor.  

❧ Carpool! In multiple myths she allows others to use her cloak of falcon feathers in order to travel quickly between the realms, which is where this one comes from. 

❧ Put offerings to her in your jewelry box, makeup-bag, etc

❧ Practice runes or other forms of divination in her honor, set out crystals if you’re able. If you practice witchcraft, dedicate a spell or small ritual to her. 

❧ Choose room spray or perfume/cologne to wear with her in mind - scents that are light, floral, and fresh are the major ones I can think of. 

❧ If anyone you know has passed during the line of duty, share their stories with her. If you don’t know anyone personally, offer support to those that have gone through such a loss. 

❧ Light a candle for her, jasmine and rose are the first to come to mind, but any scent you’d like to share with her will do the trick!


Feel free to add your own! This post is subject to updates, but anything added from another source will get it’s due credit. You can request an additional Norse deity / figure here. 

Devotional Artwork: Watercolor

Loki, Norse God of Chaos

I was in need of distraction from a depressive/anxiety spell and focusing on Loki helped tremendously. I put a lot into this painting of Him and I smile every time I look at it. Thanks for always being there for me, Loki. You are my fortress and I am grateful to have you in my life.

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I recently taught an introductory rune casting class and thought I’d share the rune study worksheets that were provided. They’re excerpted from a very rough draft of a book I’m working on. Feel free to take them for personal use. I have pages for a lot of other spreads, but we just reviewed the one to break the ice :D. 

Runes 101
RUNIC MAGIC IN THE SIGRDRÍFUMÁL
Bindrune Workshop(s)

Hand-Embroidered Altar Blot Pouch to Eir

Depicting items of importance to my work with Eir (healing sage, my seidr staff, and a needle for suturing), this felt blot pouch was hand-embroidered and sewn with galdr worked into each stitch. 

I’ve been trying for a long time to settle on a way to incorporate embroidery into my devotional work, symbolically stitching material in honor of Eir’s duty as surgeon, but nothing seemed right. I considered making altar cloths, but I wanted something functional as well as decorative. I decided on a pouch in which I can place all my offerings and easily change them out as needed without disturbing the arrangement of my altar overmuch; it’s a good compromise. I may make a set of smaller ones for the other goddesses I honor as well and add hooks on the wall above the altar so that I can hang them there for ease of use.

So I had written this post, promising something similar on Nordic types of magic. I’ll say this to begin with: even though it is my branch, it’s not something I’ve approached academically very often, so purists might catch me saying something not entirely correct, but whatevs.

The standard disclaimer still applies–this is my impression of these terms based on what I’ve read and seen, and aren’t meant to be concrete definitions.

  • SEIÐR (Proto-Indo-European *h₂seut-, “to move about, roil, seethe” +  Proto-Germanic *seuþaną, “to seethe, boil”) is considered a Vanir magic, having been taught to the Æsir by the goddess Freyja. It is worked the majority of the time after utiseta, and involves communication with wights or other spirits. Seiðr is usually worked in an altered state of consciousness (ASC) and primarily utilized for divination, illusory magic, astral travel, or channelling. Practitioners may be called seið-worker, seiðkona (seiðwoman) or seiðmaðr (seiðman).
  • UTISETA (Old Norse, “sitting out”) is a preparatory practice for seið-workers. Traditionally, the practitioner goes out into a place of the dead and seats themselves upon a burial mound, with the object of task being to come into communion with the spirit that will be worked with during the practice of seiðr.
  • SPÁ (unknown origin, possibly Proto-Indo-European *spey-, “stick, staff”) is the power of prophesy or foresight, by ‘the determination of ørlög’. Ørlög is 'the law of fate’ as determined by the Norns. Practitioners may be called spá-worker, spákona, or spámaðr. The term 'spáwife’ is also commonly used. One who is highly skilled with spá or born with the innate ability may be called a völva, which is a traditionally feminine title, since such magics were seen as being in female domain.
  • VARÐLÖKKUR (Old Norse “warding songs”) are songs to be sung in preparation for seiðr or spá which are intended to help bring one into ASC. Unlike galdr, varðlökkur can be very melodic, and are today widely inspired by joik and kulning, two traditional singing styles amongst certain Nordic peoples.
  • GALDR (Proto-Indo-European *ghAl-, “to shout, to sing” + Proto-Germanic *galdrą, “incantation”) is viewed as a more Æsir brand of magic due to its seeming rigidity, but is similar to varðlökkur in the intent to induce ASC. Galdr is often called “runic chanting” and refers to the repetition of the sounds of the runes, i.e., if one meditates upon the rune fehu, then one may continuously gald the sound fe. Practitioners may be called galdra-worker, galdrakona, or galdramaðr.

I wholeheartedly believe that protest can be a devotional act.

Educating yourself on politics? Reading up on your enemies and their philosophy? Figuring out who to avoid and who to ally with in your area? Planning direct action? Old One-Eye loves that shit. He’ll keep a watchful eye on you - on the trans folks, the disabled folks, those who defy binaries and lash out at systematic, crushing oppression.

Standing with your fellow outcasts? Protecting those who have been called monsters by society? Ripping off the veil of misinformation and lies to reveal truth to the world, no matter how painful? Loki stands with you. He’s the mother of monsters, after all. May his silver tongue speak along with yours to inspire your allies and demoralize your enemies.

Fighting tooth and nail for justice? Recognizing when laws can be and need to be subverted in order to do the most good? Fiercely protecting your own? Tyr has your back, and you have his sword. Stand up, be brave, be loud, and remember that fighting oppression does not make you like your oppressors.

Honoring our fallen? Holding vigils and moments of silence for those we have lost? Women of all walks of life, standing in solidarity, holding hands; the femmes and the butches and those who have never fit any prescribed label; women of color and trans women especially - Freyja watches over all of us, all of you, with her fierce and sacred femininity, her warrior’s spirit and cunning crafts, and she stands with the fallen, bathing them in her golden light.

why, when we’re talking about modern interpretations of gods, is óðinn never mentioned as a senior or mental health care practitioner.

for huginn i fear, lest he come not home; but for muninn my care is more.

óðinn working with alzheimer’s patients. amnesic patients. patients suffering from dementia. schizophrenic patients. patients who can’t remember; patients who can’t think. those with adhd. huntington’s. major depression. parkinson’s. patients who are losing memory, losing thoughts, losing control (óðinn is a god of frenzy, but there’s a time and a place).

a sympathetic óðinn who mediates between these patients and their families. who listens to the stories they can remember to tell, who tells them his own. óðinn who understands wisdom and experience, who understands how hard it is to lose a grasp on these. óðinn whose load to bear has been heavy across many, many long years, knowing the stress and the fear that these patients have invading their lives, against their will. oðinn who, as the berserkr god of the wild hunt, knows what it’s like to not recognize the faces around you, or to know them but be unable to connect them to anything.

óðinn, with calm grey eyes, watching the families make the hard decisions, guiding them to make the right choice. óðinn, reading at the bedside of a sleeping woman on life support. oðinn, seeing tears and hearing shaking voices, offering comfort where it’s sorely needed. óðinn, weathering the sometimes-violent outbursts of his patients, knowing they aren’t meant.

óðinn releasing a patient who’s bettering, praising them for fighting and winning their battle, for the valor they’ve shown, for all that they have done to overcome, as he still works to overcome.

óðinn holding the hand of a terminal or aged patient as they bravely cross the border from this realm to the next—óðinn rewarding their struggles and strifes in valhalla.

So. I had a thought, and I ran with it. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

I thought: there needs to be a line of apparel for Heathens / Lokeans / Rokkatru / NT Pagans etc., that is safe from bigotry. Something that bites back against all of that hateful “You Are The Wrong Kind Of Heathen If ____” bullshit.

So, I decided I should start designing.

And I thought to begin by reclaiming ‘ergi,’ as a nonbinary Lokean, it seemed as good a place as any to start.

I also thought - won’t those folkish bastards just shit themselves over this - an enby reminding them that All Ur Gods R Queer  (◡‿◡✿)

[If this offends any LGBTQIA+ pagans out there, however, please let me know and I will do my best to remedy that or remove this design all together.]

I have plans in the works for other designs that call out racism, sexism, and all the other nasty -isms that Heathenry is infected with, and other designs that focus on positivity. More on that as I complete each one.

These will be available through CafePress, most likely, unless I can get a good enough deal to order a bunch and offer them through my Etsy shop. Please let me know if you are interested in getting a shirt & I will send you a link :)

Thoughts, anyone?